NATE Thursday released a video highlighting U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin’s (R-OK) recent site visit to an AMT-owned communications tower in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Mullin represents Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District and is a member of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he has championed communications and workforce development legislation.
The video shines a spotlight on the prominent role that telecommunications technicians, wireless contractors and vertical real-estate companies are playing in the country’s efforts to provide ubiquitous broadband coverage to rural and underserved areas and also deploy next-generation technology essential for 5G.
The video includes testimonials from participating companies at the event, including representatives from NATE, American Tower Corporation, B+T Group and Texoma Contracting, Inc. The recording also provides a platform to generate momentum for the bipartisan Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019 that has been introduced in the 116th Congress by Reps. Mullin and Dave Loebsack (D-IA).
“The Second District of Oklahoma is the only congressional district in the country where broadband is available to less than half the population,” Mullin said. “We must work to ensure rural areas are not stranded and that rural Americans are not left behind in the internet economy. I appreciate NATE, WIN and American Tower Corporation facilitating the tour and NATE for producing this video so the nation can see firsthand the role wireless infrastructure plays in expanding broadband to the communities I serve.”
Click here to watch the NATE video. The association’s Wireless Industry Network (WIN) is encouraging all companies, workers and stakeholders to contact their respective members of Congress to urge support for the bill. U.S. Representatives can be located and contacted here and U.S. Senators can be identified and contacted here.
Click here to read the full text of H.R. 1848 – Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019.
November 15, 2019